Explore the Pagoda mountain on this day trip from Hanoi. We'll cruise the Yen river, arriving at the mountain range which hides some of the most important temples in Vietnam such as the Thien Tru or Perfume Pagoda.
We'll pick you up from your hotel first thing in the morning, from where we'll begin our excursion to the Perfume Pagoda.
This area is found 70 km to the south-east of Hanoi, meaning we make a little stop on the way to have a snack and perhaps buy a souvenir.
Then two hours after pick up we'll arrive at the Duc pier. Here we climb aboard a typical Vietnamese boat, enjoying a delightful cruise down the river Yen, to the feet of the Perfume Mountain. Throughout the hour-long cruise you'll drink in the enormous expanses of green mountain to both right and left, as well as the traditional paddy fields.
Once we arrive at the bottom of the mountain, we'll disembark to begin our 1.5 mile (2.5 km) climb up the mountain to the perfume cave. Here you can choose to either make the journey by foot or take the cable car (you can choose just the ascent or ascent and descent), enjoying incredible views of the mountain and river on the way.
In the cave itself, you'll descend more than 100 steps to arrive at the Perfume Pagoda, the most important religious site in the region. Here we'll visit its interior, plastered with rich Buddhist art and be amazed by the beauty of its natural setting, with stalactites and stalagmites in the form of children, trees or rice plants, leading the locals to give them names over the years.
With our visit to the cave and Perfume Pagoda complete, we'll head to a local restaurant to try the very best of Vietnamese cuisine in a local restaurant.
Adequately fuelled we'll then head into the Thien Tru Pagoda, built in the 18th century - also known as the 'celestial kitchen', due to the Vietnamese legend which says the rocks of the mountains look like a chef working in his kitchen.
Then having visited this temple we'll head back to our little boats, returning to the Yen river to the Duc pier. From there we climb back on our bus and head back to Hanoi, where we'll drop you off at your hotels.
|Guided tour + cable car ascent||
|Guided tour + return cable car||
Per PersonUS$ 36.6
Guided tour + cable car ascent
Per PersonUS$ 41.3
Guided tour + return cable car
Per PersonUS$ 43.8
* The price varies based on the chosen date
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking expert guide.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
Transport in an air conditioned bus.
Return cruise on the river Yen.
Lunch in a traditional restaurant.
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No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).